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It's going to look that S. Munk used to be the 1st sleek pupil to attract cognizance to the importance of Levi ben Gerson's Astronomy, absolutely the main unique paintings on astronomy written in Hebrew within the center a while. Munk (1859, p. 500) referred to as for a consultant to adopt a major research of this paintings, yet there has been little reaction to his plea within the succeeding century. certainly, this can be the 1st version of the Hebrew textual content of any a part of Levi's Astronomy yet for the desk of contents (Renan, 1893, pp. 624-32), and the poems celebrating the discovery of the Jacob employees that seem in bankruptcy nine (Carlebach, 191Oa, pp. 152-53). The textual content of Levi's Astronomy is written in a ponderous Hebrew sort however the content material glints with originality. The Ptolemaic culture is subjected to a profound critique according to the concept the planetary types needs to conform either to Levi's personal observations in addition to these of the ancients, and the declare that astronomical idea needs to be philosophically sound. the long-lasting power of the Ptolemaic culture has been characterised by means of O. Neugebauer as fol­ lows: "There isn't any larger strategy to persuade oneself of the internal coherence of historic and medieval astronomy than to put facet by means of part the Almagest, al­ BaWini's Opus astronomicum and Copernicus's De Revolutionibus. bankruptcy by way of bankruptcy, theorem through theorem, desk via desk, those works run parallel" (1957, pp. 205-6).

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